We could learn a lot from our Left libertarian chums at spiked about the proper use of the exclamation mark.
The sub-editors I grew up with imposed a virtual moratorium on the use the punctuation mark, peculiarly known in the trade as the bee’s dick, rightly assuming that readers don’t like being shouted at over breakfast.
There are moments, however, when declamation is the only proper response. In the debate on the repeal of the Keating hate speech laws, the defenders of illiberalism do not have a monopoly on passion.
The stakes are high. ‘Silencing the expression of opinion,’ wrote J S Mill, ‘is robbing the human race.’
The freedom manifesto! published by spiked demands:
No censorship – ever!
Freedom of speech must never be restricted. No state bans, no hate-speech legislation, no libel laws, no restriction on the press, no mob pressure on people to conform to modern orthodoxies.